If you want to keep abreast of the cricket scores or how Lewis Hamilton is doing in his bid for the F1 world championship, the Pure Digital Move DAB radio is the way to go.
The Pure Digital Move weighs just 300g, lasts up to 40 hours on a single battery charge or can be powered from the mains if you’re merely decamped to your back garden.
The Pure Digital Move fits easily in the palm of your hand, has a sturdy extending aerial and comes with 20 presets for DAB and FM radio stations. The digital airwaves are quickly and efficiently scanned and you can save any you particularly like.
You can opt whether or not the Pure Digital Move display’s channel information on the three-line orange backlit LED.
Confusingly, the on/off switch is just next to the headphone-jack and mains connector the other side of the Pure Digital Move than the rest of the controls. We’d expected to push the raised central area of the navigation pad below the Pure Digital Move’s screen to power on and off. As it turns out, this part is to adjust the volume and to select channels.
When we tried the Pure Digital Move in an area with a fighting chance of receiving plenty of channels (suburban London offered one and a half times as many stations as PC Advisor’s offices), we found stations came through crystal clear.
The headphone jack lets you listen to the radio privately and, according to Pure’s marketing blurb, you could use the Pure Digital Move’s auxiliary output to hook it up to a MiniDisc player or iPod and augment their capabilities with DAB.
We prefer, however, to use the Pure Digital Move just as it is: with its batteries charged up and its aerial hoisted aloft and the volume cranked up as we potter round the garden and listen out for news of Tiger Tim Henman and other Wimbledon hopefuls. We just hope wind doesn’t join the inevitable rain stopping play as the Pure Digital Move’s rubberised black stand isn’t as stable as we’d have liked otherwise.
That aside, we’d happily recommend the Pure Digital Move for any beach, barbecue or other outdoor recreation you care to conjure up.